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Flint's water crisis, and biochar

 
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I'm reaching out to some local permies here in S/W Mi, and thought I'd throw it out here:

I came across a study showing biochar remediates nearly 100% of lead from water:
http://www.vmi.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=4294973447

The cases of Legionaires disease that have emerged as well are disturbing, and I have found a bit of anecdotal info online
about silver ions (poor mans colloidal silver) purifying bacteria in water.

Backyard tech can make a big differences in this terrible situation. I have reached out to a few organizations in the hopes they
may be interested in hosting biochar making demos to help empower some folks. I haven't heard back, from anyone.

All my jaded friends are quite pessimistic about making a dent. All I see is crowdfunding to buy cases of water, and a few poorly
performing ones trying to get money for R/O water filters.

Friends, would you care to comment with practical ideas or suggestions?

Thanks, and God have mercy on the residents of Flint
Nick
 
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Biochar helps, bone char helps, but it is much easier to fix the source of the problem than treat it after the fact.

Physically filter the organisms out of the water to begin with. Don't add fluoride (leaches lead and greatly increases lead uptake in children). Don't try to just burn out the biofilms with insane chlorine levels.

Problem is they have slacked on maintenance and then tried a quick fix that destroyed their pipes. It was like drinking 7 red bulls because you couldn't get enough sleep. It has permanent consequences.

Now they pretty much need to replace ALL the infrastructure to fix it.

The fact they knew they were poisoning children was criminal.
 
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The problem with water is bigger and worse than most realise. I am living now in the Detroit metro and frankly, taste and quality of our water to me is a sketchy issue at best. The problem in Flint is critical and still little is being done. Sadly now we all will pay for Flint to be revamped and all the lawsuits will bankrupt the state. I have to wonder if that was the plan or just a favorite outcome of the banks and large corporations. There is more to this in Flint than meets the eye.

This problem may very well be in your own backyard. The feds are ready to walk away from this. I have to laugh. The obama admin has distanced it self from it effectively. I guess the prez is ashamed of poor black people.

I call it as I see it.

I have to wonder about the bigger picture of a dying/polluted river and the fracking that is upstream. That also may be a gorilla in the room. This is speculation to a degree but it has come up in conversation in whispers recently.

Bla bla bla its a lot of talk and smoke and mirrors. Still it is a human disaster and the state and feds do little.
 
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